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Ed O’Keefe
Washington Post
Sept 30, 2011

Just hours after federal officials arrested a man alleged to have plotted an actual attack on the Capitol, the U.S. Capitol Police aren’t laughing about a joke tweet suggesting a similar siege.

The Onion, a satirical newspaper, wrote this on its Twitter feed Thursday morning:

BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen.#CongressHostageThu Sep 29 14:44:50 via HootSuiteOnion Twitter joke prompts serious response onion logo 03 L normalThe Onion
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The newspaper followed the “breaking news” tweet with a link to a satirical article suggesting that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is serving as spokesman for a “bipartisan group” of congressional hostage-takers. Subsequent messages appeared to provide real-time updates of the completely fictional situation.

The Capitol Police reacted angrily.

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This article was posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:02 am





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